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IC experts could take a lesson from TV crime shows

OSHA Healthcare Connection, June 3, 2008

 

 

 

You've seen it on CSI: Miami and Law and Order TV shows, and now infection control practitioners may see it on the job.

The chemical that crime-scene investigators use to detect trace amounts of blood may be useful to improve infection control in healthcare facilities, reports Reuters Health, May 23.

Dutch researchers describe in the Journal of Hospital Infection how they used Luminol, a bioluminescent chemical, to detect blood contamination in kidney dialysis units, according to the Reuters article. Units that were just cleaned and appeared contamination free to the naked eye still showed traces of blood on numerous surfaces, including control panels, telephones, and floors, when tested with Luminol.

 

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